Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Madison got a sewing machine for Christmas and mommy was just as excited for Santa's delivery as Madison was! True, I took sewing classes in home ec classes in high school, but I failed most attempts miserably (Along with all other aspects of home ec class! I saw no purpose for such lessons when I would never be doing any of it. Mrs. Murphy should see me now:-) I just recall becoming very friendly with the seam ripper tool!!!
Now I have a chance to redeem myself. I salivate perusing the craft blogs and all the amazing sewing projects out in blissful blog land. So I decided I must try a few. The nice thing with creating for kids is they are not going to judge your crooked stitches or uneven hemlines. And believe me, I will be making many of both of those along with every other possible mistake you can imagine. But that's okay with me, so don't laugh when you see my children walking around in some very odd clothes made by mom. Just tell me you think it is sweet and charming!
I made this cute t-shirt dress for Nora and am preparing to make Madison one. I still want to add cute embellishments to Nora's purple play dress like fabric flowers or maybe some freezer paper stenciling..... There are MANY flaws to the dress but for a cute hang out dress I think it is cute and I am envisioning summer dresses using old tank tops and such. FUN FUN. HERE are the directions from the fabulous Ruffles and Stuff. She says the dress took 15 minutes to make her, I think it took me 2 hours. Most of that time trying to figure out how to sew a gathering stitch.
I also have made 2 of these crayon/notepad rolls with 1 more on the way. Great little gifts and easy to make. Directions HERE
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
I am so glad we decided to spend the day with this fun adventure and were willing to put the effort into going somewhere new. And we are always thankful for such amazing car traveling girls! We really weren't expecting to be in the car 6 hours round trip and weren't quite prepared for that but they were great with no complaints what so ever.
Walking in Daddy's footsteps
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Nora is always up before Madison and we usually enjoy some snuggles on the couch with a few books. This morning was especially nice as we enjoyed watching a beautiful sunrise out the window. A great way to start the day.
Nora is in charge of putting silverware away each morning after we get Madison to school.
Nora had fun making pillows for all of her special buddies. I finally had to force her to stop after #8.
Once I had the pillows all sewn up she went directly to her room to work on her bed arrangement. She loves to get all the buddies set just right and I am always amazed that there is enough room for her head on the pillow but she finds a way to fit in with them.
After keeping them out for 7 years, the Disney princesses have invaded our home and Nora is ♥IN LOVE♥ !! As I type this she has been playing with them for an hour solid. I am always amazed at how engaged she can get in her independent imaginative play, as Madison was never able to play on her own for more than 2 minutes!
Time to pick up Madison and she will now be focused on big sister's every move and do whatever she does! I probably won't see either of them for an hour once they are handed their after-school snack! Up to Madison's room for books and fun is the norm.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
- Having this format allowed me to catch up on prior years of scrapbooking so I am pretty much caught up to the year 2010, minus a few layouts in the works and random photos from years earlier than 2007 that I have a different long-term plan for.
- This project allowed me to set the camera down more to "enjoy the moments" with the family. I was starting to find that at every hike, outing, adventure, event.... I was taking pictures more than I was interacting. I appreciated knowing that I only needed one decent shot representing the event/day and then I could put the camera away and be a part of the family.
- It forced me to start journaling more, which has always been a weak point in my scrapping. I learned to embrace my handwriting and now find I am willing to add my own handwriting to traditional scrapbooking pages and am just more aware about adding journaling to all of them.
- I really liked the intent of capturing the small moments. I had starting doing a bit of this in 2008 with a few layouts but now I will be more intentional about those types of photos.
- I have a 100% completed album for a year of our life!!!!!!
- I am just not in love with the final look of the book put together. Flipping through it doesn't give me the same feeling as my other scrapbooks do. I think it is the lack of similarity in the pictures and absence of "white space" for the eye to rest. There isn't one focus point for pages and is just too scattered for me. In hindsight, I realize there were ways to help with this that some of my friends did (printing with white border, adding photoshopped masks to photos...) or other possible solutions but by the time I realized the issue I was too far into the project to turn back.
- Even though I have lots of the little moments captured I still feel that I am missing some of the big picture of our lives for the year. Especially for larger events, holidays and outings it was hard to represent that with just one or two photos.
- Because I was just going for the photo of the day I didn't get as many WOW photos this year as I have in the last few years.
- I completely failed with my goal to have more photos taken of Tom and I. I think we each only made the album a handful of times. I have tried to get better about this the past 2 years and have just failed miserably and not sure how to tackle the issue.
SO, overall I am thrilled I did the project and learned alot from it. I took alot of photos that I am really happy with and feel a sense of accomplishment in reaching my goal of completing the project on time. I am now wrestling with the plan for 2010. I MUST have a plan and need it formalized ASAP. I have a number of options I am wrestling with and hope to post in the next few days on what I have come up with.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Wishing you a wonderful 2010 filled with many memories. As always, I have set many goals for the upcoming year but overall need to remember to slow down and enjoy the current moments instead of always looking and planning ahead. We'll see how well that works for me:-)